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Key Features

Blended Model

Focus your attention on graduate studies during a concentrated period of time. Take the majority of your courses over three summers — attend classes during the day for three weeks in June and another three-week term in July, and complete the remaining courses online during the intervening school years, totaling 26 months. Enjoy the flexibility of studying at home when you are teaching and the convenience of completing the majority of your graduate work during summer breaks. Degree specialty areas include elementary education, gifted education and special education. Elementary Education is a 33-hour program; Gifted Education is a 33-hour program; Special Education is a 33-hour program.

Each M.Ed. student is assigned to a faculty adviser, who works closely with students as they advance through the program. Advisers and other faculty guide students as they conduct their action-based research projects and develop their graduate portfolios.

Best Value

Elon’s summer cohort program is offered at a substantially reduced cost. Your cost for the entire three years of study is fixed at the beginning of your first summer session. Elon also offers several options for dividing up your payments over the three-year period, and financial aid is available in the form of Stafford Loans.

Certification in National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

We offer candidates in the M.Ed. Program the opportunity to prepare an application for National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. We are able to offer this opportunity because our graduate programs’ content and sequence aligns with the NBPTS. Consequently, with additional formatting, candidates interested and eligible for NBPTS certification can use their program “capstone” portfolio towards the NBPTS application.  Candidates who have been teaching for a minimum of 3 years are eligible to participate in our NBPTS certification preparation seminars in Special Education, Gifted Education or Elementary Education. We have experienced faculty to guide the preparation and process.  

Global Experience Opportunities

For no additional cost, study abroad in Costa Rica for a week in the summer. Study curriculum issues in Costa Rica for a week during the first session of your third summer.

Summer Residency Option

For students who would like to pursue their M.Ed. at Elon but do not live in the area, on-campus housing is available for the summer at a reasonable price. M.Ed. students would live in the Danieley Center Flats in suites that are furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk and wardrobe.

Small Classes

As a teacher, you know the importance of class size. Average class size in the M.Ed. program is 15. Elon keeps classes small to encourage close collaboration among students and faculty. You will exchange ideas with local teachers from other grades, school systems and levels of experience as well as teachers from other parts of the world.

Action Research Development

Learn to critically evaluate research literature and conduct action research projects. In a required online course, you will write an action research prospectus; the following semester you will carry out the project and conduct the research. The results become a part of the Research Skills section of your graduate portfolio.